Art historian, artist and naturalist, Brenna Tuel presently resides in the eastern United States. Her art practice explores apocalyptic imagery, skeletal systems, folkloric and religious symbolism and the ephemeral qualities of nature. She has always been drawn to divergent modes of storytelling and uses multiple mediums to weave together tales of her own.
As a researcher and writer, she has studied the ties between Neo-Paganism, folklore and folk art as they relate to alternative political groups and identity construction in a colonized nation. As an editor, she has reviewed essays in Craft and Heritage: Intersections in Critical Studies and Practice (Bloomsbury Press 2021). As a graphic designer and writer, she works in marketing.
Brenna's photography project, Portals has been featured in FLORESTA Magazine's "(Nature In) Lockdown". She has also photographed musicians, such as the folk-duo Native Harrow, and her work has been highlighted in multiple UK publications including NARC Magazine, Islington Gazette, Charles Hutch Press, and ArtsCulture, among many others. In collaboration with Native Harrow, Brenna designed the album cover and singles artwork for their album Old Kind of Magic (released October 28th, 2022) via Loose Records UK.
Brenna is a summa cum laude graduate of Eugene Lang The New School for Liberal Arts, where she studied Visual Arts and French. She also completed her Master's of Fine Arts in Art History with a specific focus on craft and folk art at Concordia University in Montréal. Brenna has presented her academic work at the British Library, Concordia, and was invited to present her paper on the film The Hallow at Sheffield Hallam University. She has lived in New York City, Montréal, Paris, Pennsylvania, and Copenhagen.
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